Chicago Cubs sign veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos

Feb 26, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) and catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) talk after pitching during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs kept their catcher carousel moving on Monday, signing veteran Robinson Chirinos for added depth behind starter Willson Contreras.

Contreras ranks second in baseball this season in innings played by a catcher.

In a corresponding move, the team designated catcher Taylor Gushue for assignment.

Originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Cubs in 2000, Chirinos, 37, has hit .231 with 86 home runs and 269 RBIs over 602 games in a nine-year big-league career spent with Tampa Bay, Texas, Houston and the New York Mets.

Chirinos was hitting .278 with three homers through 13 games for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate when he was released on Sunday.

Among the wounded at the catcher spot in Chicago are P.J. Higgins (right forearm strain) and Jose Lobaton (right shoulder sprain). Both are on the 60-day injured list.

–Field Level Media